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iPhone heading to Japan?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 18 Dec 2007 17:03 User comments (15)

iPhone heading to Japan? It appears that DoCoMo and Softbank, two of Japan's largest cell phone carriers, are vying for an exclusive Apple iPhone contract, but Apple's intense revenue sharing ideals seem to be holding off any progress.
These complaints are nothing new however. In France, carrier Orange and Apple had public disagreements over revenue sharing and other carriers in the US and Europe have complained as well. In China, both China Mobile and China Unicom dropped negotiations due to revenue sharing disputes.

To date, over 1.5 million phones have been sold and Apple has said it hopes to sell 10 million by the end of 2008.

Sources have explained that Apple is seeking a 10 percent cut on all data revenues, a figure neither DoCoMo or Softbank will accept. Despite these issues, Apple is "still confident that it will be able to find a partner in the country eventually."

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15 user comments

118.12.2007 17:16
tripplite
Inactive

well considering japan already has phone with buit in credit cards am sure there going to build a smaller, quicker and cheaper counter part to
the iphone, its just the Japaneses pwn in this area of business

218.12.2007 20:03

Originally posted by tripplite:
its just the Japaneses pwn in this area of business
The Japanese pwn everything in the business world ahah

318.12.2007 23:55

k00l...when will us au$$ies be getting the power of the iphone?

419.12.2007 16:13
vinny13
Inactive

WTF. What about Canada?!

519.12.2007 16:15

nice

619.12.2007 21:20

Canada!!!...Wot about A$$ies.

719.12.2007 23:11

aussies, just look on ebay. thats where i got mine from (in aus aswell) now i just gotta wait for it to be posted to me :(

820.12.2007 4:05

dont ya have to waight for it 2 be made for austrailan networks?
...well thats wat ive been told any-way?

920.12.2007 6:05

Yes very nice....do you really think the iphone can compete with what they already have in JAPAN??? I don't really think so. And as for china? Common man my girlfriend got a i phone knock off from china and everybody who sees it loves it! she even got 10 other people she knows to buy the fake I phone. The point is what can Apple offer that local companies there cannot?

1020.12.2007 7:22

Originally posted by kingy1213:
dont ya have to waight for it 2 be made for austrailan networks?
...well thats wat ive been told any-way?

nope the iphone has been hacked to allow it to be unlocked so u can use any gsm service provider all ova the world.

1120.12.2007 18:47

@darkfire9

thanx for that m8 i may now go looking and c wot can find on E-BAY.

1221.12.2007 0:32

Originally posted by kingy1213:
@darkfire9

thanx for that m8 i may now go looking and c wot can find on E-BAY.

just make sure u get one that is either pre-unlocked at firmware 1.1.2 or 1.1.1 or one that is locked on 1.1.1 as you cannot unlock all the iphones on ebay (specifically those that come with 1.1.2 from the factory).

1321.12.2007 3:36

@darkfire9

u r a wealth of info, thanx 4 the tip

1421.12.2007 8:01

Originally posted by kingy1213:
@darkfire9

u r a wealth of info, thanx 4 the tip

not a prob feel free to pm me with any more iphone questions :D

1527.12.2007 23:57

Same problem all around the world. Being exclusive like this is not going to get you anywhere. I wish apple would understand that fact. Revenue would be much more across the board if everyone was paying for their phone. Is not soo hard to figure out.

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